Category Archives: fantasy

Let’s play ball! Summerland by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon creates an incredible fantasy world where an unlikely hero has to save the world … with baseball. This is on my list as a must-read for young and adult readers. In Summerland, Chabon sets his literary sights on creating an American fairytale, it’s like a modern American version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe featuring the greatest of all American sports, baseball. Continue reading

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‘Interesting Times’ will make you LOL

The ancient curse goes: “May you live in interesting times.” This is a classic Pratchett, inspired by China in the early 20th century.

“Pig’s ear soup, eh? Now what does that tell you about the place, eh?”
Rincewind shrugged, “Very provident people?”
“Some other bugger pinches the pig!” Continue reading

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Well worth it – The Knife of Never Letting go by Patrick Ness

This book has one of the best first lines ever: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.”
“Need a poo, Todd.” Continue reading

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a satisfying urban fantasy and romance

NB: When I picked up this book I had no idea who Stephenie Meyer was or what other books she had written. Obviously in the last week she has been all over the press and news with the launch of … Continue reading

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justice, warlords and magic: good stuff

Kate Elliot, Spirit Gate, Crossroads Book 1, Orbit. Published 2007. I have not read any Kate Elliot before and picked this book up on impulse, seeing that great cover, a great teaser page and the Orbit tagline. People that ride … Continue reading

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A rough and insane Cleopatra

Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy Book 1) Karen Miller, Published April 2008. Karen Miller is a great storyteller. If you liked her previous series Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, you’ll enjoy this new series. Fast-paced and easy to get into, I sped through Empress and am … Continue reading

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A lovely fantasy twinset

What do you call two books in a series? A twinset? Musings aside, this is another great offering from Orbit, one of my favourite sf&f publishers. A fast-paced classic fantasy tale, this is one of my must-reads. Asher is a … Continue reading

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Look at this! Farseer graphic novel

Wow, how cool is this? The Farseer Trilogy in a French graphic novel. Thanks, to Patrick for this. Read Robin Hobb’s comment and view the novel at the French publisher Soleil. …and here is what looks like the Liveship traders … Continue reading

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Disappointing, but Hobb nonetheless

I bought this book, mostly to see the end of the trilogy. I love Robin Hobb, the Farseers and the Liveship traders trilogy are two of my favourite fantasy series of all time. *Aside – The cover art of this … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman – online giveaway

For his birthday, Neil Gaiman has announced that he will give away one of his books online and for free. He’s asking you to help him decide which of eight books you would choose to give to someone who has … Continue reading

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